Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations - RII30815


Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00591E

This qualification reflects the role of a skilled operator working with civil construction plant, who applies a broad range of skills in a varied work context, using some discretion and judgement and relevant theoretical knowledge. The individual may provide theoretical advice and support a team.Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements that apply to this qualification can vary between states, territories, and industry sectors. Relevant information must be sourced prior to application of the qualification.


  • 19 units: 14 core
  • 5 elective


  • Conduct civil construction dozer operations
  • Identify, locate and protect underground services
  • Conduct tip truck operations
  • Conduct self-propelled compactor operations
  • Conduct civil construction tracked front end loader operations
  • Enter and work in confined spaces
  • Construct conservation earthworks
  • Place and fix reinforcement materials
  • Use hand and power tools
  • Cut, weld and bend materials
  • Perform dogging
  • Licence to erect, alter and dismantle scaffolding basic level
  • Conduct telescopic materials handler operations
  • Maintain and monitor site quality standards
  • Work effectively with diversity
  • Conduct civil construction wheeled front end loader operations
  • Conduct basic scaffolding operations
  • Conduct rigid haul truck operations
  • Respond to site based spills
  • Conduct articulated haul truck operations
  • Carry out manual excavation
  • Conduct paver operations
  • Operate elevating work platform
  • Erect and dismantle temporary fencing and gates
  • Conduct civil construction grader operations
  • Load and unload plant
  • Conduct civil construction scraper operations
  • Use explosive power tools
  • Conduct civil construction skid steer loader operations
  • Conduct erosion and sediment control activities
  • Conduct operations with integrated tool carrier
  • Conduct continuous bucket trencher operations
  • Licence to perform dogging
  • Spread and compact materials manually
  • Position and set up mobile lighting
  • Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures
  • Support plant operations
  • Handle resources and infrastructure materials and safely dispose of nontoxic materials
  • Lay pipes
  • Conduct civil construction water cart operations
  • Conduct roller operations
  • Install trench support
  • Conduct local risk control
  • Conduct civil construction excavator operations
  • Conduct pipe layer operations
  • Repair potholes
  • Conduct tractor operations
  • Drain and dewater civil construction site
  • Conduct backhoe/loader operations
  • Licence to operate a boom-type elevating work platform (boom length 11 metres or more)
  • Licence to operate a non-slewing mobile crane (greater than 3 tonnes capacity)
  • Operate small plant and equipment
  • Communicate in the workplace
  • Provide first aid
  • Conduct belly dump truck operations
  • Read and interpret plans and job specifications
  • Conduct stabiliser operations
  • Work safely at heights
  • Plan and organise work
  • Carry out concrete work
  • Carry out basic levelling
  • Control traffic with stop-slow bat
  • Carry out measurements and calculations

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Macquarie Fields College No
  • Part-time : 18 months
National Environmental Centre No
Orange College, March Street Campus No
  • Part-time : 18 months
Tamworth Campus No
  • Part-time : 18 months
Western Connect No
  • Part-time : 4 years
  • Flexible Delivery : 3 years
Wollongong Campus No

Fee comments

Campuses: Macquarie Fields College.

This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply. If you are a registered apprentice, you may be eligible for a Fee Free Apprenticeship, which will be verified at enrolment.The fee category that will apply to you depends on your eligibility and your individual circumstances. Your fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit https://smartandskilled.nsw.gov.au/are-you-eligiblePAYMENT OPTIONS AND ASSISTANCEFees: https://www.tafensw.edu.au/enrol/feesPayment - funding: https://www.tafensw.edu.au/enrol/payment-fundingRECOGNITIONRecognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.Find out more about recognition: https://www.tafensw.edu.au/enrol/recognition-credit-transfers

Campuses: Orange College, March Street Campus.

Attendance is required one weekend per month for 18 months. Class will be held on the following weekends:20 and 21 February 202120 and 21 March 2021No class attendance in April 202122 and 23 May 202119 and 20 June 202124 and 25 July 202121 and 22 August 202118 and 19 September 202116 and 17 October 202120 and 21 November 202117 and 18 September 202219 and 20 February 202219 and 20 March 2022No class attendance in April 202221 and 22 May 202218 and 19 June 202216 and 17 July 202220 and 21 August 2022To successfully complete this course, you will need:- Be 17 years of age or older- Be able to speak, read and write English. If you have problems with reading and writing, please contact us to see what help we can offer before the course starts.- The ability to work independently.

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